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Disco Drinks- 1970s Cocktail Recipes

What. a. time! I mean, I wasn't there- but can you imaging being a fly on the wall in one of those establishments slinging the latest and greatest cocktails of the decade? I'm picturing slightly yellowed wall paper, a nice shag (sticky, possibly?) carpet, and the smell of billowing smoke in the air. If someone was in fact there, can you confirm or deny? My thoughts are formed from a mix of TV shows from that era I watched with my dad, and Midwestern dive bars I've frequented that haven't moved even a piece of furniture since the 70s.

One thing I am sure of, however, is to pair one of these 70s "Disco Drinks" with a piece from alkyline's 1970s Slumber Party Collection is to make a perfect match.

Starting off with a banger, let's pair The Disco Shorts with a Harvey Wallbanger! It's really just a Screwdriver with something a little fancy added, one of the easiest cocktail recipes that's a true Disco Drink!

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 3 oz orange juice (freshly squeezed is supreme, but you do you!)

  • 3/4oz Galliano liqueur

Combine the vodka and orange juice in a highball glass over ice. Give it a good stir to get the drink nice and chilled. Turning the spoon over, pour the Galliano slowly over the spoon hump. The Galliano will float and look exceptionally cool. Don't forget to add an orange slice, a maraschino cherry for a pop of color, and a slice (and maybe a squeeze) of lemon!

The Hose Party Robe pairs well with: a Pina Colada

With a Puerto Rican origin, this tropical drink can spur a healthy debate- coconut, or not? Created in the 60s (or 50s?- also debatable) this drink had a big spike in popularity in the 70s, even referenced in two songs at the time- Warren Zevon's song “Werewolves of London”, and the 1979 song “Escape” by Rupert Holmes.

Back to the debate, I say coconut.

  • 3 oz light rum

  • 3 oz cream of coconut

  • 3 oz Pineapple juice

  • 2 cups ice

Add all to a blender and blend until a nice, slushy consistency appears. With equal parts each ingredient it's easy to make for a crowd! Garnish with a pineapple chunk, and like many 70s cocktails- a maraschino cherry!

A Tequila Sunrise is perfect for the Disco Top

Another 70s cocktail with musical ties. Created many decades before, Mick Jagger had a part in making this cocktail a 70s staple, and The Eagles had a hit song titled Tequila Sunrise released in 1973.

Although the below recipe is trimmed down a bit from what Mick Jagger had, it's still delicious, a little more accessible (the OG had a few extra liquors- who has the time?), and looks pretty too!

  • 2 oz tequila blanco

  • 4 oz orange juice

  • 3/4 oz grenadine

Fill Collins glass with ice. Pour tequila over ice and give it a good stir, chilling the tequila. Pour orange juice into the glass and give it another mix. Slowly and carefully pour in the grenadine. The grenadine will go to the bottom, creating a nice floating effect. Of course, garnish with a Maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

picture of tequila sunrise cocktail on cozy rug with loungewear in background
Tequila sunrise and loungewear!

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